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R. James Slaughter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-391-5400
Fax: 415-397-7188
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1997
Education: Yale Law School
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Professional Liability: Defense
Attorney Profile

R. James Slaughter is an attorney and partner at Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP in San Francisco, California. Mr. Slaughter practices in the areas of class actions, commercial, consumer, contract, intellectual property, professional liability and white collar criminal law, serving clients throughout San Francisco.

Mr. Slaughter has over 20 years of legal experience and provides exceptional and committed legal representation to his clients. Over the course of his legal career, he has successfully represented individuals, corporations and nonprofit organizations in complex cases involving a diverse range of legal issues.

In honor of his legal ability and accomplishments, “The Best Lawyers in America” has listed Mr. Slaughter in its publication for many years in a row. Additionally, in 2011, The Legal 500 included him on its “Recommended Attorney” list for litigation.

A leader within his local community, Mr. Slaughter serves on the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco board of trustees and the Reading Partners board of directors. He is a former member of the San Francisco Police Commission and contributes a portion of his time to pro bono cases.

In 1991, Mr. Slaughter received a bachelor's degree from Yale University. He earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1997. Following law school, he spent a year as a clerk for a U.S. District Court for the Central District of California judge, followed by another year clerking for a judge sitting on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He holds a license to practice law before all California state courts.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Business Litigation
  • 40%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 20%Professional Liability: Defense
Focus Areas

Non-Compete Agreements, Ethics & Professional Responsibility


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

About R. James Slaughter

First Admitted: 1997, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Michael E. Davis, et al. v. Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice and Shareholders v. Former Chief Executive Officer
  • United States v. Former Chief Executive Officer
  • Activision v. Double Fine Productions
  • Televisa v. Univision Communications
  • AIME v. The Regents of the University of California
  • Dillinger LLC v. Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Plaintiff v. Law Firm
  • Financial Institution v. Law Firm
  • Keller v. Electronic Arts Inc. et al
  • Susan Koret v. The Koret Foundation Board of Directors
  • United States ex rel. Landis v. Tailwind Sports, et al.
  • Cotter, et al. v. Lyft, Inc.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Legal Malpractice, 2012 - present
  • Recommended Attorney, Litigation - Leading Trial Lawyers, The Legal 500 U.S., 2011

Educational Background

  • Yale College, A.B., 1991

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco Board of Directors, Reading Partners

Representative Clients

  • Electronic Arts; Univision Communications

Bar/Professional Activity

  • San Francisco Police Commission; Legal Services for Children Board of Directors
  • Former Member, San Francisco Police Commission
  • California
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Office Location for R. James Slaughter

633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-391-5400

Fax: 415-397-7188

Last Updated: 2/23/2022

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